Camping in the fall

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Camping in the fall

The dog days of summer are giving way to cool, sunny days and crisp, clear nights. Soon to be gone for the year are the hot temperatures and extended hours of daylight. We welcome autumn with its splendid colors and rustling leaves.

While many people associate camping with summer, and would not dream of a fall camping adventure, there are many reasons to hold off on putting away camping supplies for a few more weeks. The autumn season is the perfect time to cuddle up in a sleeping bag and tell spooky stories around a campfire.

Mild temperatures abound, meaning less insects buzzing around your campsite. Children have gone back to school, promising less traffic from highways to rivers. Many parks have reduced their camping fees for their ‘shoulder season,’ which makes this an economical time to head outdoors.

Campgrounds themselves are not as busy during this time, ensuring plenty of spots to choose from, as well as less noise once you arrive.

Here are some other things to keep in mind as you consider a fall camping trip:

Longer Nights.

With the sun making its daily exit a few minutes earlier each day, you will want to be sure to plan for the early darkness. Make sure you have at least one long-lasting LED lantern or flashlight. If you plan on having a campfire, be sure to have plenty of wood on hand, as you will burn through if you are illuminating your campsite by way of fire. Also, if you are cooking on your campfire or camp stove, heating and cooking meals will take longer than in the summer. Use heat to its maximum efficiency by trapping heat into food using aluminum foil, or by keeping pots and pans covered with lids.

Stay warm.

Summer heat can warm a tent very quickly. Fall brings cooler temperatures that welcome sweatshirts, jeans and jackets. Hiking boots with cozy socks replace the sandals of summertime. Instead of spending the days waist deep in the lake, hiking during the day and spending a long evening by the warm campfire take precedence.

While the welcome cool temperatures of the day, remember that the nights can become quite a bit cooler. Be sure to pack and use a temperature appropriate sleeping bag. Much of your body heat escapes through your head, so it is a good idea to take a stocking hat and wear it to bed. A foam pad underneath your sleeping bag also provides a good layer of warmth between your body and the cool ground.

Where to go?

The Sandhills of Nebraska offer many opportunities for canoeing, bird watching, fishing, and even stock tanking down the Middle Loup River.

If you are looking for a warmer place to camp, keep in mind that temperatures are cooler near the water, so you might want to stay away from rivers, lakes, and streams. On the other hand, fall can be an especially good time for fishing, so anglers may prefer to remain near the water.

Preparing for weather.

It is crucial to stay dry in cooler temperatures. Pack plenty of water resistant gear, including a rain suit. Be sure to check the weather forecast prior to your trip, and even if there is no rain in the forecast, have a plan and be prepared just in case. In some higher elevations, snow can fall quite early, including the fall season. Be sure to have an evacuation plan ready if you would need to leave prior to your original departure plan.

Camping in the fall holds many exciting and memorable adventures. It offers many extraordinary camping opportunities and gives one the chance to flex their outdoor muscles. Don’t miss the chance to see the brilliant display that Mother Nature has in store for the Sandhills and beyond during this fall camping season!

Camping with small children

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Camping with small children

In the current days of video games, iPads and internet, many kids do not get the experience of camping in the outdoors without these coveted luxuries. Plan your family camping vacation in the Sandhills and leave technology behind. Get back to basics and consider camping in a tent or even renting a camper or RV. The Sandhills of Nebraska offer spectacular views and lots of activities for all ages. Here are some tips on planning your vacation with kids to get the most out of your experience.

• Plan the camping trip together – let the kids be involved and make decisions. This will keep them excited and build anticipation for the trip.
o Decide on places to go – consider interests, outdoor experience and children’s ages. Do a bit of research and make a list with photos for the kids to rank by ‘must do’ and ‘if we have time.’
o Choose activities such as swimming, horseback riding and hiking.
o Plan and shop for your meals. This will save you time and money.
o Prepare and pack the equipment and supplies.
• Try a backyard campout before you go for the first time. This will help prepare the kids for what to expect.
o Teach the kids how to set up a tent.
o Try some outdoor cooking – there are many recipes that you can make over a campfire other than hotdogs and marshmallows!
o Experience a night outdoors in sleeping bags.
o Plan a few activities such as storytelling or board games.
o Search the sky for constellations and shooting stars.
o Listen to the many night sounds and try to identify them.
• Try to experience outdoor activities with your kids
o Teach them about safety and to respect nature.
o Teach outdoor skills and outdoor ethics. Things such as ‘take out what you take in’ are simple, yet important, concepts.
o Make camp chores fun. Collect firewood, hammer tent stakes, help set up chairs – kids will enjoy feeling helpful.
o Take a small day hike in the woods at a local park. Take time to point out different flowers, leaves and wildlife along the way.
o Visit a nature center or observatory.
o Read books about camping and the outdoors.
o Go on a flashlight walk after dark.

Once you have had some camping ‘practice,’ when the time comes to take your trip, do not underestimate what you will need. Be sure to bring extra clothing and shoes – the kids will get wet and extremely dirty. Also pack some warm clothing – air off of the river can be chilly, especially after the sun goes down. Dressing in layers is the best option, as the daytime temperatures can be quite warm.

Also remember to bring bug spray and sunscreen. Most of the day you will probably be outdoors and will want protection from the hot sun and pesky bugs. It is also a good idea to bring a swimsuit. Even if you are not planning on swimming, if you happen upon a creek or stream, it will save you a wet outfit. Also pack a small first aid kit for any accidents, bumps and bruises. Rain gear should be included, as well as activities for indoors in case of uncooperative weather.

When going camping with small children for the first time, take your time getting there. Make lots of stops on the way there and on the way home. Do not plan on staying more than two or three nights, and be sure to bring comforts from home such as special toys, blankets and pillows. Bring lots of snacks and plenty of drinks to stay hydrated.

Most of all, enjoy the time and make memories that will last your children a lifetime. Take plenty of photos, and even consider letting the kids use a disposable camera that they can snap whatever they would like during the trip. These can be incorporated into a scrapbook or photo album that everyone will enjoy for years to come.

Make the Most of this Summer at the Sandhills Motel

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Make the Most of this Summer at the Sandhills Motel

Summer has now approached so why not make as many memories as possible with friends and family. Take a vacation from your everyday life by doing things you wouldn’t normally do. A perfect place to go to is Sandhills Motel in Mullen, Nebraska. Your stay at Sandhills Motel will be an unforgettable trip to mark off your bucket list.

A great way to start out your vacation with your friends and family is to take in the view of Mullen, Nebraska. Make sure to have your camera always available to snap the breath taking views. You will want to show everyone back home what they been missing.

Sandhills Motel has many activities for the whole crew to enjoy during vacation. Start by taking a canoe trip down Dismal River or Middle Loup River. We recommend that you start with Middle Loup River for a fun and relaxing ride. As for Dismal River, this ride will be a little faster pace and more for the advance canoeists. For beginners at canoeing, we encourage you to try Dismal River but just make sure to practice first by taking a trip or two down Middle Loup River to know your limits.

Sandhills Motel offers unique attractions that can only be seen at very few places, one is bird watching. As the birds travel the North American Central Flyaway every year, this offers the chance to see the grassland dance. The grassland dance is a courtship ritual between Sharptail Grouse and Prairie Chickens. This mating tradition is a must see that can last between two to four hours depending on the activity. Groups of 16 people take a bus used as a blind to the areas of this courtship rituals to give you a close view to take pictures and learn all about these incredible birds. You won’t want to miss this “must see” attraction.

A Sandhills Motel trip is not complete without a stock tanking. Yes you heard right, floating down the river in a Stock Tank. Holding six to eight people, this is an activity the whole family can sit back, relax, and enjoy. You can also participate in the annual race down the river in a Stock Tank, all you need to do is get a team together and register at but hurry space is limited. Decorate, dress up as a team, do whatever it takes to win the race. This exciting race is a fundraiser to raise awareness to the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway. An award banquet will be held at the end of the race.

After a long day in the sun, go back to a calm, relaxing, and quite place to take a nap or head right to bed for the night. You will be sure to get a good night sleep at Sandhills Motel. Picnic areas and swimming are also available for grilling out and hanging out with friends and family.

Money saving tips for your Nebraska road trip

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Money saving tips for your Nebraska road trip

It seems as though no matter the time of the year that the price of fuel at the gas pump keeps going up. In 2013 the price of gasoline was over $4.00 per gallon in some areas. Going on a Nebraska road trip does not have to break the bank at the pump. By following a few gas saving tips at home and on the road, you will have enough funds left to enjoy on your Nebraska vacation at the Sandhills Motel.

Get a Tune Up

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, after all. A properly tuned engine uses less gas. It is also worth it to avoid car problems while on your Nebraska vacation that could have been easily headed off by a trip to the mechanic beforehand.

Buy Gas Early or Late in the Day

During the warm months, the outside temperature affects the way gasoline behaves at the pump. During the cooler parts of the day, gas is more dense. As temperatures rise, gas density falls and you get less of it when you fill your tank. It is also a good idea to fill up early in the week. Generally, gas prices fluctuate Wednesday through Saturday, and although they may go down, chances are better that they will go up, should there be an increase in demand.

Reduce Wind Resistance

Remove any unneeded ski or luggage racks from your car. If they are not being used for your Nebraska road trip, the only purpose they are serving is adding wind resistance to your vehicle. Also, keep windows closed when possible, as open windows also contribute to reducing the aerodynamics of your car.

Check Your Tire Pressure

Temperature fluctuations can wreak havoc on your tire pressure. Properly inflated tires reduce road friction, thus giving you better gas mileage. Under inflation also causes tires to wear faster, putting you at the tire shop before maximizing the life of your current tires.

Fill Your Tank Near State Lines

This involves a bit of research ahead of time, but due to fluctuating tax rates gas prices can vary significantly from state to state. If you discover you are driving through a state with a low tax rate, you could save a bundle by filling in that state when you enter it, and again before you leave it.

Turn the Engine Off

If you are waiting at a rest stop or waiting for other members of your group to get ready to go, there is no need to let the engine idle. This not only uses extra gas, but releases pollutants into the air.

Change Your Filters

Dust and grime build on filters that help your engine run efficiently. When they are dirty, your vehicle works harder to push through air and liquid and therefore uses more gasoline.

Drive Steadily and Slowly

By driving at or under the speed limit and maintaining consistent speed, your car will use gas more efficiently. If you accelerate quickly and use brakes heavily you are not only causing extra strain on your brake pads, but increasing the drag that causes your car to use more gasoline.

By following these fuel saving tips you don’t have to wait for gas prices to go down before heading out on your Nebraska road trip to the Sandhills Motel. Keeping ahead of the game with a little planning will keep your tank full and your wallet happy.

Camp in comfort by keeping the bugs away

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Camp in comfort by keeping the bugs away

Camping should be a lot of fun and, although you can take measures to minimize the risk of encountering flies, wasps, mosquitoes, ants and other creepy crawlies, it would be silly to think that you can spend your time in the great outdoors without ever coming into contact with any of these creatures – it is, after all, their home that you are visiting. You are the guest, they are the resident.

However, there are things you can do to keeping the bugs away and make things as enjoyable as possible during your stay in the outdoors. The amount of precautionary measures you take will also depend on the location of your trip. The pests we will focus on today are the flying, stinging, generally annoying insects that seem to be common in the Sandhills of Nebraska.

Insect Repellent

Insect repellent is your first line of defense in the outdoors against insects. It comes in all kinds of varieties and is formulated to deter wasps, flies and mosquitoes from annoying you. Insect repellent can come in an aerosol form, stick application, wet cloths, and non-aerosol sprays. Some people swear by those which contain a chemical called DEET as the best deterrent, although others are offended by its distinctly strong scent. However, there are several on the market that don’t have DEET as an active ingredient that will help to keep the bugs away. There are even those who claim a mixture of essential oils such as lavender, peppermint, tea tree oil and lemongrass will do the trick without the chemicals.

Whichever repellent you choose, many camping trips are ruined by the unwanted attention of flies, wasps, and mosquitoes. For this reason, be sure to have plenty on hand and use it even on the outer layers of your clothing, as many hungry, biting insects will not be deterred from taking a bite through a thin layer of fabric.

Citronella Candles

Citronella candles give off a scent that mosquitoes and other flying insects can’t stand. They come in all shapes and sizes, and in all sorts of containers. You can even get citronella liquid for use in thing such as tiki torches. Not only are they good as an insect repellent, candles and torches can also set the ambiance for camping with their subtle and warming light. Be sure to use caution when you retire for the evening by extinguishing all flames.

Mosquito Coils

Mosquito coils burn much in the same was as incense. One end of the coil is lit and it will emit smoke slowly. The aroma that emits will help to keep the bugs away. One downfall of coils is that if there happens to be a breeze, your deterrent is quickly blown away from your camping area. However, if the weather is calm, these can provide several hours of defense. Once again, you should ensure they are fully extinguished before you head off to sleep.

Whatever precautions you take, it’s always important to consider the location of your campsite, especially when there may be added dangers from additional creatures such as snakes, mice, raccoons, and other animals. However, basic prevention can ensure that your trip to the outdoors is not spoiled by bugs and pests seeking their next meal, while you are enjoying your visit at the Sandhills Motel and Glidden Canoe Rental.

Camping recipie ideas for your Nebraska camping trip

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Camping recipie ideas for your Nebraska camping trip

The temperatures are warming up and it is time to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Nebraska is full of adventure and beauty. So what are you waiting for? Enjoy camping, hiking, or other fun outdoor activities in Nebraska. And while you are visiting don’t forget to drive the Sandhills Scenic byway. It is a must see while visiting Nebraska.

So, gather up your camping gear for a fun filled vacation and head towards Nebraska. Are your kids asking what you will make at camp? Don’t get stuck with the boring recipes for camping this year. If you have kids have them pick out a recipe that they can look forward to, it’s a great way to get kids excited about a camping trip.

Unique camping recipes to try:

Chicken Kebobs- This is a simple recipe that you can prepare and enjoy on your camping trip. All you need is 1lb. of boneless chicken breast, marinade, and   bamboo skewers. To make your camping trip less stressful, cut the chicken up, apply the marinade, place on the skewers, and then pop them into the freezer. When you arrive to your camping destination just place the chicken kebobs on the fire pit, yum!

Blueberry muffins in an orange- This recipe is easy and very tasty for your camping trip. Mix up blueberry muffin dough and place in empty orange shells over the fire. This would be a great snack or make a wonderful breakfast!

Banana splits- Instead of the boring old s’mores recipe, try this it may even be better than the original s’mores! For this recipe you will need bananas, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and tinfoil. Cut the banana lengthwise and then add the chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. Wrap the banana well in tinfoil and place over the fire.

At the end of the day, imagine the peace and quiet of lying your head down on a soft pillow and hearing nothing outside except the sound of a night breeze. Nature lovers flock to the Sandhills Motel and Glidden canoe rental for Sandhills Nebraska attractions: bird watching, canoeing, trail hiking, and stock-tank floating. Come enjoy some of our fun attractions!

The Sandhills Motel offers 19 recently-renovated rooms for your idyllic venture in central Nebraska lodging. If you are looking to get out of the heat a bit don’t worry each of our rooms offers air conditioning along with Direct TV, guest laundry facilities, RV hookups, and telephones. Across the street from our top-notch accommodations, you’ll find a swimming pool to cool off in at the end of a hot summer day, as well as a recreational/picnic area for socializing, grilling out, and enjoying the company of friends and family.

The Sandhills Motel has been praised for providing clean, comfortable Nebraska lodging for people visiting the countryside lying just beyond the town of Mullen. Whether you’ve planned a vacation around our popular Nebraska attractions or you’re just passing through, we are happy to accommodate you to the best of our abilities, ensuring a pleasant stay. For more information visit our website at or call today to make your reservation: (308) 546-2206 or 1 (888) 278-6167.

Spring Activities | Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Spring Activities | Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental

The temperatures are warming up for a beautiful season, which many of us having been looking forward to! Are you ready for spring? Springtime in the Sandhills of Nebraska is a wonderful time of year and there are many enjoyable outdoor activities that you can participate in!

When visiting Nebraska you can enjoy driving through Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway and experience the beautiful nature. In fact, Sandhills Scenic Byway has been listed as one of the highways to drive in 1,000 Places to see before you die. This scenic byway is a must see when visiting the Nebraska area. You may even see some wildlife along your journey. So, relax and take in the beauty of Nebraska today!

Spring is a wonderful time to visit! Nebraska has many outdoor activities to enjoy and the scenery of Nebraska is breath taking. So, if you are looking for adventure and fun outdoor activities, Nebraska may be your destination!

There are adventures waiting for everyone in the family when you visit Nebraska. The most common Nebraska activity is stock tanking! You haven’t taken in all that Nebraska has to offer until you relax floating down the Middle Loup River.

At Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental you can enjoy fun outdoor activities that include:

 Stock Tanking- Stock tanking is fun activity that everyone can enjoy! The tank is between seven to nine feet and is designed for people who prefer to stay dry. The tank is safe and relaxing for an adventure down the river. You can choose  between a two hour and a five hour tank trip. Relax floating down the Middle Loup River. We have you park your vehicle at the end of the trip and we shuttle you to the start of the trip. We provide life jackets for your convenience.

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Canoe/kayaking- For those more experienced at navigating the rapids, we offer technical and exhilarating canoe and kayak trips on the Dismal River. The Middle Loup River is great for a more relaxed, easy-going ride aboard a canoe, kayak, or stock tank. With these two river ride options, all can expect to get what they want and need from this vacation in the wilderness.


Bird Watching- This is a must see Nebraska attraction! You can participate in viewing a ‘grassland dance,’ which are rituals between the Sharptail Grouse and the Prairie Chickens. The dance itself is presented on special grounds that are known as a “lek.” An expert on Sharptail Grouse and Prairie Chicken mating will     be on-site to answer any questions.


Come celebrate spring at Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental! We have been praised for providing clean, comfortable Nebraska lodging for people visiting the countryside lying just beyond the town of Mullen. Whether you’ve planned a vacation around our popular Nebraska attractions or you’re just passing through, we are happy to accommodate you to the best of our abilities, ensuring a pleasant stay.

We’re open 24 hours for your convenience. In addition to providing the best in Nebraska lodging, we’re happy to assist you in planning the activities and excitement destined to become great memories. For more information visit our website at or call us at (308) 546-2206 or 1 (888) 278-6167

7th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race | Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on 7th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race | Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental

If you are looking for adventure for 2014, then come join us at Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental for the 7th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race! This is sure to be an event you won’t want to miss as teams’ race down the Middle Loup River in stock tanks during this exciting winter challenge.

This year the Polar Bear Tank Race will be held February 28th-March 1st 2014. Registration for this event is on a first come first serve basis, so it is important that you register early to reserve your spot! The first 22 teams to register will compete that day! Act now and get your registration form at Be sure to mail your completed registration form and entry fees to insure your team’s spot.

We encourage all participants to decorate and dress up! However, all tanks must be decorated while you are racing down the river. Sandhills Motel and Glidden Canoe Rental created this event as a fundraiser to create awareness for the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway. The event also allows for people to experience a fun stock tank adventure, if they haven’t before! You must be 21 to enter this event!

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Here is the schedule for The 7th Polar Bear Tank Race:

 Friday, February 28th

5:00-6:30 P.M.-Registration of Teams & Welcome Reception at Seneca Auditorium. You MUST attend the registration and the Welcome Reception in order to be a qualified race team.
6:00P.M.—Soup Cook-Off—Sample various soups from Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway communities.
Drawings for race departure times will be held immediately following the Soup Cook-off.

SATURDAY, March 1st
(Saturday Events—Mountain Time)
8:00 A.M.—Breakfast included at Mullen, at the Consolidated Telephone Building. Transportation will be provided to the launch site on the Middle Loup River from the Consolidated Telephone Building.
9:00 A.M. —First tank will be launched other tanks launched in short intervals according to the draw order. A hot lunch will be provided after the race. Transportation will be provided from the finish line back to the Consolidated Telephone Building.
5:00 PM—7th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race
Awards Banquet – held at the Seneca Auditorium

Don’t forget to make reservations for a room at our comfortable hotel as well. Come and relax in Mullen, Nebraska today! Each of our rooms offers air conditioning, Direct TV, guest laundry facilities, RV hookups, and telephones. We’re open 24 hours too for your convenience!  The Sandhills Motel has clean and comfortable lodging for people visiting the countryside lying just beyond the town of Mullen.

In addition to providing the best in Nebraska lodging, we’re happy to assist you in planning the activities and excitement destined to become great memories. After stock tanking enjoy the peace and quiet of lying your head down on a soft pillow and hearing nothing outside except the sound of a night breeze in the Sandhills and a river trickling across the Nebraska countryside. It will be an experience you won’t forget, so come join us for a stock tank adventure! We look forward to having you! For more information visit our website at or call us at (308) 546-2206 or 1 (888) 278-6167.

Bird Watching | Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Bird Watching | Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental

Bird watching or commonly known as birding is a fun activity that everyone can enjoy. At Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe rental, we offer a fun bird watching experience that you won’t want to miss out on while visiting the Nebraska area. Our guides are educated about the birds in the area and are eager to answer any questions that you may have. Identifying a bird’s species for the first time can be difficult, but you will become a pro in no time! After some time you will learn to look for specific things about each bird, such as the color and features the bird may have, all while observing the birds in their native, natural environment.

What will you need to begin your bird watching experience? Binoculars are a must! They are an important necessity to have for your bird watching adventure and they help you spot birds that you may not have seen otherwise. Binoculars will also allow you to zoom in and see the bird’s colors and features better. A comfortable harness or neck strap is a must for your binoculars, this will help keep you comfortable and prevent you from having to carry them the whole time. When looking for a strap for your binoculars; make sure that the strap is comfortable around your neck to refrain from neck pain later. Once you have your binoculars and a strap or harness, you will be ready to begin your bird watching experience.

When bird watching in Nebraska you may spot Sharptail Grouse and Prairie Chicken, which are the most popular bird species found in Nebraska. They are well known in the area because of their ‘grassland dance.’ The grassland dance is a ritual performed by Sharptail Grouse and Prairie Chickens. The dance is held on special grounds known as a ‘lek.’ The male birds gather on the lek trying to claim their territory. They dance around trying to intimidate their rivals and attract hens. The grouse are known for making deep booming noises and the Sharptail species are known for their frenetic performances. At Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental, we have been presenting the ‘grassland dance,’ since 2001 and it is a must see Nebraska attraction. Don’t miss your chance to see the Nebraska ‘grassland dance,’ while you are visiting.



When scheduling your bird watching experience allow enough time for the viewing. Viewings are usually three to four hours long and up to 16 people are allowed to view the birds at a time. We provide transportation to the viewings for your convenience. Viewings start early, as it’s necessary to arrive at the lek before dawn so as not to interrupt the birds. We have blinds that are placed 50 feet from bird activity and are arranged according to the angle of the sun, this is to help you have the best possible viewing and photo opportunities.

Be sure to plan ahead to secure your room too! Call today to reserve your spot for a viewing of the Grassland Dance, a truly unique bird watching experience that you will not forget. Viewings fill up quick, but short notice bookings can be made based on availability. At Sandhills Motel we offer comfortable accommodations in the beautiful Nebraska Sandhills area, which is one of Nebraska’s most popular tourist destinations.  Visit our website at: or call us at (308) 546-2206 for more information.

Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway | Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway | Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental

Are you looking for a beautiful getaway? Do you enjoy scenic road trips that journey off the beaten path? If you answered yes, then a trip down the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway just might be the perfect Nebraska vacation for you! The Nebraska Sandhills are home to gorgeous scenery and an ever-changing landscape, and with plenty to see and do along the way, this is one road trip that you do not want to miss!

Nebraska’s Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway is a beautiful drive and a great way to experience the natural beauty that Nebraska offers. The Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway is a 272 mile stretch of highway that takes you through the 20,000 square mile Sandhills region of Nebraska. Named one of the ten most scenic routes in the nation, the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway has also been listed as one of the highways to drive in 1,000 Places to see before you die.

While traveling through the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway, you will have the opportunity to visit many of the friendly communities and small towns that make up this region of Nebraska. Be sure to plan a little extra time during your journey to get out of the vehicle to stretch your legs and enjoy some of the rich history offered by these towns along the way!

While driving through the byway a few stops you won’t want to miss at the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway are:

Nebraska National Forest- Almost like a timbered oasis, the Nebraska National Forest offers nearly 150,000 acres of wooded valleys and hills among the prairies of Nebraska. The Sandhills Scenic Byway will take you through the 90,000 acre Bessey Ranger District of the Nebraska National Forest and offers great opportunities for camping, hiking, and picnicking during your journey!

Stuhr Museum- The Stuhr Museum in Grand Island offers a hands-on experience and glimpse in to the history of pioneer life in Nebraska. Nationally recognized as an educational and cultural institution, the Stuhr Museum provides a closer look at how life on the prairies of Nebraska evolved through the years. Don’t forget to visit the Gus Fonner Memorial Rotunda during your visit!

Dobby’s Frontier Town- This is a fun little western town that the whole family will enjoy. It is a fun antique village that is a completely hands-on experience for  you and your family. The small western town has an authentic general store, post  office, jail, and more. This friendly little town is located just outside of Alliance.

Carhenge- This is a must see attraction while you are traveling through Nebraska. Located near Alliance, Carhenge is formed from vintage American automobiles that have been painted to replicate Stonehenge in England. Carhenge is a unique, fun, and quirky attraction to visit during your trip down the Sandhills Scenic Byway.

If you have questions about planning a Nebraska Vacation or would like some more information about travelling the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway, don’t hesitate to call your friends here at the Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental. We are conveniently located along the scenic byway and offer comfortable lodging and accommodations including Direct TV, guest laundry facilities, RV hookups, and telephones. In addition to our friendly hotel, we also offer guided bird watching tours, canoe rentals and trips, and pehaps the greatest Sandhills adventure, river tanking!

Our retreat is a great location to stop at and take in the scenery that Nebraska has to offer. You’ll find us located on the west side of Mullen, Nebraska, a small town of 500 people in the west central part of the state. Take in the remote landscape and historic towns as you travel on Highway 2, the designated Sandhills Scenic Byway, and be sure to ask about our river adventure trips, bird watching tours, and other activities available during your visit.

For more information visit us online at or call 1 (888) 278-6167 or (308) 546-2206.